The four most common types of car accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, are front-impact, side-impact, rear-end and parking lot collisions. Drivers in Texas would do well to review the ways that they can avoid these.
For over a century, the leading cause of auto accident fatalities in Texas and across the country has been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While there is such a thing as alcohol detection technology for cars, it often detects intoxication through a breath test. Volvo will be deploying technology that does not require a breath test, and it will be the first automaker to do so.
Many people in Georgia know that distracted driving is a major threat to highway safety. Due to laws designed to clamp down on the distractions created by smartphones, many drivers have shifted to hands-free mobile phones, at least for voice conversations. In general, phone usage that requires people to use their hands, like surfing the internet or most texting, is more distracting than voice conversations alone. Still, like any kind of stimulus, a hands-free cell phone can also be a distraction. People may struggle with voice commands and technical problems or simply get caught up in a conversation.
There is an opioid crisis in Texas and the rest of the U.S., and studies show that it is impacting the roads. From 1993 to 2016, the percentage of opioid-using drivers who initiated a crash rose from 2% to 7.1%. A study published in JAMA Network Open says that in fatal two-car crashes, the at-fault drivers were twice as likely as the other driver to test positive for opioids.
According to the National Safety Council, there are nine deaths each day attributed to distracted driving. While many people associate distracted driving with the use of cellphones, there are many distractions that drivers may have to deal with on a regular basis. For example, simply changing a radio station or eating while a vehicle is moving could take a person's focus off of the road.
Snow, ice and rain can confound drivers on Texas roads and others throughout the country. However, there are steps that they can take to minimize their chances of getting into an accident. If possible, it may be best to stay home during periods of inclement weather. This can help a person avoid sliding off an icy road or otherwise being at risk of bodily injury.
Drivers in Texas can certainly benefit from the one hour of sleep they gain with the end of daylight saving time, but they should know that risks are involved. Changes in sleep patterns give rise to drowsiness, which can affect driving for at least a day or two after they occur. The end of DST also causes some people to stay up late the night before and think that the extra hour will make up for it, but this also leads to drowsiness.
Even as the federal road safety agency celebrated a decline in overall deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, the statistics pointed to increased dangers for pedestrians and cyclists in Texas and across the country. According to the NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,560 people were killed in auto accidents nationwide in 2018. This number reflects a 2.4% decline in accident fatalities, the second straight year of decreasing deaths. These positive signs come after several years of increasing deadly accidents as the economy recovered from the 2008-2009 financial crisis. However, pedestrian deaths did not show the same welcome trend with fatalities up 3.4%, reaching their highest point in 28 years.
Drunk driving is not uncommon among teenagers in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. CDC data shows that 5.5% of teens drive after consuming alcohol, but the amount consumed may vary. Regardless, it can be argued that drinking and driving among teens has an impact on overall drunk driving fatality rates. This was precisely what some researchers at CheapCarInsuranceQuotes.com argue.
Given the number of motorists that utilize San Antoni's roads, car accidents are almost viewed as being an inevitability (despite the best efforts of local residents in trying to implement defensive driving practices). Indeed, according to information shared by the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 2.35 million Americans are injured in car accidents every year. It is when drivers do not attempt to drive defensively that those who suffer in accidents that they cause question their fitness for being behind the wheel. That questioning might even extend to who would allow such a driver to have access to a vehicle.